Even though the Chicago White Sox lost on Thursday afternoon against the Kansas City Royals by a 4-1 score, one of the few positives in the game was a catch by centerfielder Adam Eation.
This will most likely become the standard for Eaton this year, as we all witnessed last season in his first year with the White Sox.
Brian Draus of Southside Showdown wrote about the catch in his game recap of the Thursday loss of the White Sox, who fall to 0-3 to start the season:
"“Maybe the best play of the game was made by Adam Eaton in the fifth inning, robbing Mike Moustakas of a sure extra-base hit. Eaton’s play will be on many highlight reels, as he went straight back and dove full-out to end the inning after Danks had given up a lead-off triple to Paulo Orlando. Orlando was stranded at third base.”"
In three games this season as the White Sox lead-off hitter, Eaton is 1-for-12 with no runs, no RBI and no walks. He’s struck out once and has no stolen bases.
With that said, Eaton is batting .083. His OPS+ entering Thursday’s game was -21. Last season Eaton batted .300, so this slow start isn’t much worry about yet. (I hope).
Like we’ve all said many times since Eaton began to play for the White Sox in ’14, Eaton is great to watch, but can he play a complete season without landing on the disabled list? Eaton will keep all of us nervous each time he makes one of his diving catches, but that is part of the charm of his style.
Maybe what is best for Eaton is that he does play all-out every game, because that’s what makes him so special to watch. Would all of us like to see Eaton tone it down just a little bit and stay on the field … most likely yes, but would he still be the same style of player?
Next for the White Sox is their home opener on Friday (3:10 p.m. CT) as they begin a three-game series with AL Central rival, the Minnesota Twins. The Twins also enter this series 0-3, as they were swept by the Detroit Tigers to begin the season.